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New Xbox Live update drops points, hikes up prices – report

Xbox 360 owners that are currently beta testing the next dashboard update have reported that download games will be more expensive when the console abandons Microsoft Points. Microsoft announced it would be converting the Xbox 360’s currency system to real money last month, and is currently testing out the new …

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Microsoft details transition from MS Points to real currency on Xbox Live

The long-lamented Microsoft Points system will be retired as part of Xbox 360’s autumn update. When you use your existing Microsoft Points to initiate a purchase or redeem a Points card with your Microsoft account later this year, we’ll deposit into your account an amount of money equal to or …

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Microsoft gives 1,600 MSP to those caught up in Xbox Awards data breach

Xbox owners who voted in the Xbox Entertainment Awards have been given 1,600 Microsoft Points as an apology for the data leak that temporarily shut the program down. MCV revealed last week that personal information of nearly 3,000 users who had voted in the awards was available to view online …

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Are Microsoft Points being phased out?

A recent change to Windows 8 suggests that Microsoft may be preparing to phase out its Points payment system. The Verge reports that Microsoft Points are no longer the default payment system in Windows 8, with real money payments replacing them. Up until this point the Windows 8 beta has …

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Zavvi introduces Rewardz loyalty scheme

Consumers who buy from Zavvi.com can now earn loyalty points, giving them money off future purchases. Zavvi has introduced a new Rewardz loyalty scheme, which offers customers points every time they buy a game or other item from the online store. For every 1 a consumer spends on Zavvi.com, they’ll …

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Microsoft Points to be phased out?

Microsoft is to phase out its virtual currency system by the end of the year, according to reports. Inside Mobile Appsreports the console giant will be ditching Microsoft points from Xbox Live, Windows Phone and Zune marketplace.Virtual currency will be replaced by real money transactions based on regional pricing, bringing …

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New questions asked about Xbox Live security

A month and a half on from Microsoft’s assurances that hackers are not accessing Xbox Live customer details, fresh evidence has appeared suggesting that a problem persists. In November 2010 UK newspaper The Sun ran a front page story focusing on the alleged hack, though Microsoft quickly moved to dismiss …

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ShopTo unveils new membership scheme

Online indie retailer ShopTo.net has launched a new addition to its membership scheme that rewards purchases with points that can be redeemed against future purchases. Customers will receive ten points for every 1 spent. 100 points then equates to 25p off your next bill. But here’s the kicker – ShopTo …

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MS prepares FIFA-branded XBL cards

Microsoft is to lend the FIFA branding to two new Xbox Live Points Cards. The first SKU will offer both 12 months Xbox Live Gold membership as well as 800 Microsoft Points. The second is a 2100 MSP card. Both carry the image of FIFA 12’s UK cover stars Wayne …

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Digital sales soar at GAME

Digital may remain one of the stiffest challenges for High Street retail, but GAME’s attempts to tap into the growing market have so far proved successful. Earlier this year GAME began selling Xbox Live Arcade titles via dedicated points cards sold over the counter. "A ‘retail accelerator’ effect also applies …

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